Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.
|Matthew Phifer, Deputy Program Officer, Education & Employment Services
Matthew Phifer’s passion for social services began in 1999 at Binghamton University. As an undergraduate, he was a teaching assistant for numerous Sociology and Africana Studies courses, which galvanized his passion for addressing the systemic ‘isms’ that persist to this day. While enrolled in college, he worked as a part-time Family Life Specialist for the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, where he saw the connections between his studies and the harsh realities of poverty, marginalization, and lack of resources. As a first generation Educational Opportunity Program college student himself, Matthew’s own experiences helped reinforce the importance of educational equity, critical thought, culturally responsive pedagogy, and social emotional learning, particularly within young inner city communities of color. Upon graduation he joined the Henry Street Settlement as a Case Manager for the New Beginnings Alternative High School at the Boys and Girls Republic. He was responsible for counseling youth with severe attendance issues and one-year suspensions, as well as providing referrals and managing academic interventions with students. During his tenure at Henry Street Matt worked as the coordinator for the Summer Youth Employment Program, Director of Adolescent Education Services, and eventually Director of Education Services where he oversaw Henry Street’s adolescent, early childhood and after-school elementary educational services, which provide results-driven academic enrichment programming to more than 2000 inner-city youth annually. In his previous role as CollegeSpring’s New York Executive Director, he oversaw partnership development, fundraising, site management, and program execution. Matthew holds two BAs in Africana Studies and Sociology, as well as a Masters in Social Science with a concentration in Public Administration.
|Brian McCollam, Henry Street’s Director of Education Services, has worked in youth social services since 2003. He oversees Henry Street’s Early Childhood Education, After School & Camp Services, High School & College Success, and Youth Opportunity Hub. Brian is an LMSW who joined the Henry Street team in 2010 and holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in social work from New York University.|
|Carol Carrozelli, Henry Street’s Early Childhood Education Program Director, has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education as both a teacher and an administrator. She joined Henry Street in 2016 and oversees program operations for the Early Childhood Education Program. Carol holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with New York State Certification.|
|Lauren Trueax, Henry Street Settlement’s Early Childhood Program Education Director, has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2011. Lauren joined Henry Street in 2015, and oversees curriculum development and instruction among the teaching staff. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Richmond, and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with dual New York State Certification: Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2).|
|Aaron Cummings, Henry Street’s Director of Child Programming, joined Henry Street in 2015, with ten years of experience in youth development and the nonprofit sector. His responsibilities include overseeing all after-school and camp programs, and maintaining cohesive partnerships with program stakeholders to ensure that youth and family needs are met. Aaron is a graduate of Adelphi University, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, and his master’s degree in sports management. Before joining Henry Street, he served as a COMPASS Program Manager for the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).|
|Leonor Colon, Henry Street’s Assistant Director of After School and Camp Services, is a native of the Lower East Side and has been with the agency since 1998. She currently oversees all Boys & Girls Republic Jacob Riis Cornerstone programming. Leonor received her Bachelor’s degree in education from City College.|
|Maribeliz Ferrer, Henry Street’s Assistant Director of After School and Camp Services, has 10 years of experience working in youth development, education related services, and the nonprofit sector. For the last five years, she has worked in after school programs and camps throughout New York City. Maribeliz is a graduate from Walden University where she completed her master’s degree in public administration and is currently pursuing her PhD in public policy and administration.|
|Malika Harris, Director of High School & College Success, has over 14 years of experience developing college access programming in public schools and non-profit organizations in New York City. As a former first-generation college student that attended NYC public schools, Malika brings an unmatched passion and urgency to her work. A champion for education equity, Malika believes that access to a quality education is a human right and her approach to college access and success is rooted in principles of social justice. Prior to her role as Director of High School and College Success at Henry Street, Malika served as a Managing Director at the YWCA-NYC, a College Access Counselor at OPTIONS at Goddard Riverside and at Educational Talent Search (Trio). Malika also spent eight years as the Founding Director of College guidance in NYC DOE schools, developing two college offices from the ground up. In addition to this work, Malika has consulted with various non-profit organizations since 2005. These organizations include The Opportunity Network, the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, The Center for NuLeadership and the YWCA of Brooklyn. Malika currently serves a board member for the College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY), is an Education Pioneers alumna and a founder of the College Access Anti-racism Coalition. Malika holds a Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies and Sociology from the University at Albany and is currently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education Administration at Stony Brook University.|
|Elisa Kaplan, Henry Street’s Youth Opportunity Hub Program Director
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